Optimist Advanced


Introduce intermediate sailors to advanced sailing techniques and off-pond inter-club racing.


4-week or 8-week sessions

Previous Experience or Knowledge:

Completion of Intermediate Optimist class.

Sailors must be able to complete a swim test

Age Group:

Sailors must be 9 years old at start of class. Verification of birth date may be required.

Boat and equipment:

Ideally, sailors will own an Opti for this class, though they may still rent from WYC.

USCG approved personal flotation device (PFD) (life jacket)


Sailors will hone skills outlined in the US Sailing Small Boat Performance Sailor Certification Record Book (“The Little Green Book”) and work toward a much better understanding of the Racing Rules of Sailing and be prepared to handle a protest on the race course and in the protest room.

Days and Times:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Tuesday (ECSA Regatta Day) 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (typical)

Wednesday Races 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. races

By the end of this class, sailor should be able to do the following:

  • Advanced boat handling techniques, including roll-tacking and controlled jibe.
  • Clear understanding of both 3- and 5-minute race starts.
  • Clear understanding of different race courses, including trapezoid.
  • Willingness to travel to local and possibly regional regattas.


  • Rig your sail and boat for performance in all wind conditions.
  • Make decisions about how to tune your sail and boat independently.


Knots and Seamanship:
  • Demonstrate a greater understanding of the Racing Rules of Sailing and nautical flags used on a course.
  • Identify and understand the government marks of channels.
  • Learn how to tie down your boat for travel on your car or on the trailer.